A Kincardine woman has provided a generous donation to a non-profit residential hospice in Bruce County, with money she raised by sewing masks.
Shirley Purdie has threaded nearly 1,200 masks to help protect the community from COVID-19 and asked for a donation to Huron Shores Hospice for every one she provided to residents.
Earlier this week, Purdie made a donation of $5,423 to the Huron Shores Hospice with funds raised through this effort.
"The hospice wasn't open yet when I needed the support for my son and I think it is such a wonderful service to have in our community to help those needing care at end-of-life," Purdie says. "I am so happy to support the hospice in this way."
According to a release from the hospice, masks produced by Purdie have travelled internationally to Spain, Italy, England, Scotland and Ireland, nationally to Newfoundland, New Brunswick, British Columbia, Alberta and within Ontario to Port Perry, Burlington, Hamilton, Toronto and Wasaga Beach.
Co-chair of Huron Shores Hospice Cheryl Cottrill says they're thankful for the community donation at a time when the hospice predicts a greater than 50 per cent loss of revenue in 2020 because of the pandemic.
"It appears COVID-19 has taken away revenue from the cancellation of our Hike for Hospice, but now also given some of that back through this generous and kind donation from Shirley's customers and those who donated materials. We are so thankful for Shirley's donation, but also thrilled that she has been able to keep our community safe from COVID-19 in this way," Cottrill says.
This donation comes during our Great Canadian Giving Challenge for the month of June, in which NPX Innovation has pledged to match donations to the hospice up to a total contribution of $7,000.
Huron Shores Hospice is a charitable not-for-profit, volunteer-led, community-funded residential hospice, providing quality end-of-life care, at no cost, to residents of Saugeen Shores, Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss and surrounding areas.
According to a release, plans are currently underway to add a second bed to better serve the residents of South Bruce this year.